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FAU Announces Major Benefactors Contributing to ‘Making Waves Gala’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 17, 2014) –  Florida Atlantic University will host the “Making Waves Gala” on Saturday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin F. and Jane Greenberg Foundation Tower of FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  Proceeds will provide scholarships and support for veterans and first generation students. FAU has secured 15 sponsors at the $10,000 level or above for the gala, including corporations, local businesses and friends of FAU.

“On behalf of the host committee, I would like to thank our major benefactors for their generous support of the Making Waves Gala,” said Joanne Davis, FAU interim vice president of community engagement and executive director of the FAU Foundation. “Their sponsorships are vital to the success of this event, which will help us provide much-needed financial assistance to deserving veteran and first generation students.”

Commander in Chief ($100,000+) sponsors are  Marilyn and Jay Weinberg and Marianne Lerner.

Admiral ($50,000+) sponsors are  Sally and Aubrey Strul.

Colonel ($25,000+) sponsors are  FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Boca Raton.

Lieutenant ($15,000+) sponsors are  Shirlee Jacobs and JWR Construction Services, Inc./Gallo Herbert Architects.

Warrant Officer ($10,000+ ) sponsors are ADT Security Services; BB&T; Chartwells; Designs by Sean; Dirt Pros of Fort Lauderdale; Florida Power & Light; Patricia and Mark Gordon; JM Family Enterprises; and SFL Productions.

Highlights of the Making Waves Gala include gourmet dining, open bar, live and silent auctions, a “halftime” extravaganza, live music and entertainment spread throughout multiple levels of FAU Stadium. Tickets are available for $150 per person.

The gala host committee chairs are Marilyn and Jay Weinberg. Co-chairs are Mark and Marcie Butters and Marianne Lerner.

For more information about the Making Waves Gala, call 561-297-6144, email or visit


About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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